burning ghat

noun

Definition of burning ghat

: a level space at the head of a ghat for cremation

Examples of burning ghat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Waving away pyre smoke at the riverbank, the homeless priest Pandey explained how the fires of Varanasi’s burning ghats were virtually eternal—rekindled from ember to ember across thousands of continuous years of cremations. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "One of India's holiest cities is being reborn. Not everyone is happy," 21 Mar. 2019 On our last afternoon, a small group of us take a boat to the burning ghats. Skye Mcalpine, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Ultimate Culinary Tour of India," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of burning ghat

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Burning ghat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burning%20ghat. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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